Keeping It Real: Seasoning at Every Stage of the Cooking Process

Imagine trying to teach a child everything from kindergarten to high school graduation in one year, when he or she is eighteen. Even if it were possible, you'd never be able to see whether the student was making progress, and there'd undoubtedly be important lessons skipped over. That's what seasoning all at once at the end of cooking is like. Competent chefs are constantly seasoning and tasting foods at every stage of the cooking process. That means starting the vegetables in a stew with a pinch of salt, tasting and seasoning the stock before it's added, and giving a final taste and adjustment just before serving the stew. It ensures that foods develop layers of flavor and complexity as they cook.

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